Strange & Exotic Fruits of the Interwebs

Before I share with you my latest interweb fruit finds, I want to introduce to you three French Sheep. They’re singing the French lullaby “Frere Jacques” (or “Brother John” in the English version). They’re also sleeping and counting themselves, because they’re good at multi-tasking that way.Lullaby Nursery Painting

The inspiration for this piece came from a dream I had way back when we were still living in Australia and planning our exodus to Europe. I dreamt we were in Europe, I think it was France. We were driving through a mountainous region and the hills were literally made of patchwork quilts.

Frere Jacque Painting

I think the sheep made an appearance because I spent a lot of time painting this throughout spring in the English and Scottish countrysides. Wherever we went, frolicking lambs and daffodils abounded. It seems fitting that they’re singing in French, given that I completed the painting here in France.

Mixed Media Art

Link Love!

As promised, my foraged fruits of the interwebs:

  • I am lusting after the Bohemian jewellery created with the unconventional combination of precious metals and natural fibres by Brooklyn based Australian Jeweller, Scosha
  • Remember my painting of children flying a penny farthing attached to an improbable amount of helium balloons? Turns out, that’s a real thing and it’s called “cluster ballooning”!
  • Loving these Ceramic sculptures by Ukranian artist, Roman Khalilov
  • I’m utterly enchanted with the playfully charming tunes of our friend’s band’s astonishingly good EP, The Valleymakers.
  • Must own one of these outrageously cool handmade brooms one day!
  • I’m very pleased to have discovered the elegantly refined and pleasantly strange artwork of Leanne Ellis.

Happy exploring folks!

5 Comments Strange & Exotic Fruits of the Interwebs

  1. Rhiannon

    Hi from a fellow “flyer”. I love how you’ve shown this piece, and nice to also see the close up details. And I always really enjoy hearing about the influences that go into the inspiration. Quilted hills would be wonderful !

  2. Liza Zeni

    Hi Nellie, I’ve been “flying” with you and just followed your link here, I’ve visited your blog before & do love your posts (o: Wow, this latest piece is delightful, evokes playful thoughts, childhood memories, and makes me want to sing with my boys. Your imagery is beautiful, as is your composition, colour and tone. That’s really sweet to remember your home land dream and interpret it so beautifully in this piece. This is a very significant and special piece I think. You’ve done a fantastic job photographing it so clearly, from different angles and the close up detailed shots, really crisp, clear, and great colour. This will definitely assist what will already be a very easy to sell piece (o: I have a question if you don’t mind me asking. I wanted to ask if you used a pen or detail brush and paint in your words above the sheep? If a pen what type or brand? I’d love to know as I’ve been trying to incorporate my fine detail drawing over my free colourful paintings (acrylic), but I’m yet to trial a pen I’m happy with. I prefer a pen for it’s speed, ease of movement and quicker process (I use a lot of lines!) Your words are so crisp, I love the solid white ie. not smokey or varied, and it’s a great line weight. Are there any tips you’d be happy to share with me? Keep up the great work, really really beautiful, Liza xxx

    1. Katherine

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, Liza! I used a liner paint brush for the words this time around, although I do have a white pen, which I also use sometimes. It was pretty painstaking doing it with a liner brush but necessary because of the rough texture of the canvas. If it wasn’t for the texture I would’ve just used the pen. So, some things I did with the white writing — I used thinned acrylic. I did several thin layers until I was happy with the opacity and line thickness. I went over the edges with black paint to neaten it up, when necessary. Hope that helps! x

  3. Liza Zeni

    Wow! That’s a lot of work Katherine (sorry I called you Nellie earlier bit confused). It definitely makes the difference doing it like that as it’s a really great end result. I don’t think I’ll be able to do all the line markings I’m planning on doing with a liner brush unfortunately as I’d be there forever and a day (I’ll email you a photo of what I’m trying to achieve). It would seriously take me years LOL. I will remember this for any simpler less involved overlayed words or markings though, thankyou for sharing that with me. I’ve so far tested a gel pen but if the paint surface is uneven it just doesn’t work, I’m now using a Pentel white marker which is easy to use although not a solid white colour more opaque than I’d like. Thanks again, my pleasure re the compliments, well deserved, more so now I know all the work you’ve put into your art!! Liza xxx

    1. Katherine

      Hi Liza, many people call me “Nellie”, understandably :) I’m thinking about changing my blog banner to read “Nellie Windmill: the art & vagabondings of Katherine Herriman” but I don’t know whether that would be clarifying or even more confusing? Anyhoo, yes it was a lot of work. There’s probably a better way, I just haven’t discovered it yet. It seems to me that whenever something seems to be too much work for what it is, then it probably is. Someone somewhere has figured out a smart solution, we just need to hunt it down!


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